OUR MISSION – One Voice Nashville builds bridges and closes gaps by valuing all voices through storytelling and narrative journalism.
OUR NAME – While we all have different stories to share, we have more in common than we think. Through One Voice Nashville programs, curriculum, and workshops, students and community members are empowered to find that human connection that exists in every story… that One Voice.
One Voice Nashville (OVN) was created out of a love for story.
Meet the Founder!
Mary Margaret Randall
OVN founder, Mary Margaret Randall, has always been drawn to a good story – whether told from a neighbor or friend, or expressed in music, art, dance, film, or radio.
During her time studying at the University of Alabama, Mary Margaret founded the Black Warrior Storytelling Festival, the first local event of its kind, focused on sharing stories from across the state of Alabama. For her Senior Project in the New College program at UA, Mary Margaret gathered and recorded stories from veterans of the Civil Rights Movement in her hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was these two experiences that revealed the power of community storytelling, and established the foundation for her work with OVN!
Mary Margaret made the move to Nashville following college and has fallen in love with the city and its commitment to the arts. She has worked with youth in programming for over 10 years and is passionate about the crossroads between education, social justice, and creativity.
Mary Margaret has a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Trevecca University and loves nothing more than to pull up a chair and listen to a story.
Meet our Founding Board Members!
David West is Executive Vice President of Equinox Information Systems, where he oversees the company’s sales and marketing team, develops the company’s long-term strategic plan, and works directly with the company’s customer across the globe. He has a BA in Political Science from Wheaton College (IL) and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. He loves traveling and spending time with his wife and their two daughters, and engaging with his faith community at St. Bartholomew’s Church.
Kate is a filmmaker, songwriter, producer and performing artist. She is creative director for BriteHeart, a civic advocacy platform that connects individuals with organizations and organizations with resources.
Lisa Crowe is a family practice physician with over twenty years of experience in private practice, university health, and urgent care medicine. She majored in French at the University of Virginia and also speaks Spanish and some Hatian creole. Currently retired from the full-time practice of medicine, Lisa enjoys short-term medical mission trips to Latin America, Africa, and the Carribbean. She earned a lay counseling certificate from the Allender Center at the Seattle School in 2014 which teaches and engages past traumatic narratives to invite healing to one’s present life. She particularly values diversity and building bridges between individuals, cultures, and groups of people and participates in various racial reconciliation conversations in the Nashville community. In her free time, Lisa enjoys creative writing, photography, and building relationships.
Mary Murphy serves as chaplain of the Center for Contemplative Justice, a local nonprofit that fosters corporate justice and contemplative wellbeing. She also coordinates Walk In Love, an annual Civil Rights commemoration that lifts up the stories of leaders of Non Violent Direct Action that fostered change in the city of Nashville and our nation. Mary received her Bachelors of Arts with a creative writing emphasis from University of California at Davis and a Masters of Fine Arts in poetry from the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa. She recently graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Natasha Deane, PhD., is a former cancer researcher and faculty member at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Since her retirement in 2016, Natasha became involved with local civic leadership boards, including Greenways for Nashville and the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee Task Force for Racial Reconciliation. In her anti-racism work, Natasha has become deeply involved in researching the role of the church in Nashville’s Civil Rights history in middle Tennessee and through this investigative and storytelling work discovered OVN’s “Witness Walls” project before joining the OVN board.
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